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Patrick Joseph Loftus, Jr., age 74, passed away November 21, 2012, at Mira Vista Care Center, Mount Vernon. He was born August 26, 1938 in Exeter, PA to immigrant parents Patrick J. Loftus, Sr. and Mary Bridget "Molly" (O'Boyle), both from Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Patrick Joseph Loftus, Jr.
As a child, he belonged to Boy Scouts of America, leading a particularly rowdy group of boys. He graduated from Irvington High School and attended Ryder College in New Jersey. He married Carol Gorski in 1961, and then moved to Edison, New Jersey in 1963 where he spent many years as a volunteer firefighter for Raritan Engine Company #1, later serving on the Middlesex County Arson Task Force. He worked for Engelhard, a precious metal refinery, for 17 years, was a competitive and accomplished IPSC marksman, and later changed careers and became a Real Estate Agent.
Patrick adopted his daughter, Cindy, as an infant in 1971. He became caretaker for his elderly mother and took on raising his daughter as a single father in the 80's, something very rare for the time. He was a board member for Displaced Homemakers, and was involved with the Elks #2487 in Edison, serving a term as Exalted Ruler.
Patrick moved to Washington State in 1988, meeting the love of his life, Elizabeth Rundberg in 1992, marrying in 1999. He sold a little more real estate and also was a retail sales manager. He participated, and was certificated in the SALT program sponsored by Seattle University.
He served as Director of Religious Education for Saint Cecelia Church in Stanwood, Washington, impacting many people of all ages, welcoming many into the Catholic Church, and he joined Knights of Columbus, becoming a 4th degree Knight.
Patrick was an Irishman, a gifted storyteller, easily recognized by his big booming voice and full head of white hair, intelligent, well read and a lifetime learner, who never met a stranger and loved talking with anyone. He was generous, had a strong faith in God, loved bagpipe music and Country and Western music, loved to sing but couldn't carry a tune, hunted and fished, enjoyed nature and occasionally played Santa at the firehouse Christmas parties when Cindy was little, and again for his two oldest grandchildren when they were small.
Although numerous health problems caused him a great deal of discomfort for the last years of his life, he bore them with little complaint. He resided at Mira Vista Care Center for the last two years, where he was cared for by the wonderful staff. Thank you for all their loving care. He also received excellent care from Skagit Valley Hospital many times over the last few years.
He was eagerly awaiting the birth of his newest granddaughter, expected on Christmas.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Cynthia and her husband, Richard; and grandchildren, Forrest, Aidan and Cooper Ristow.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leo Loftus; granddaughter, Opal Ristow, and many dear aunts, uncles and cousins both on the East Coast and in Ireland.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Paul Koenig, at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 30, 2012, at Saint Cecelia Catholic Church, 26900 78th Ave. NW, Stanwood, followed by a reception in the church hall. His final resting place will be at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery, Shoreline, Washington.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Nov. 27, 2012